My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer." Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit. A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they're perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it. Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a deliciously deadly debut that's as fun as it is frightening"--
"Slasher meets satire, in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--
Published: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385544238
0385544235
Branch Call Number: F BRA
Characteristics: 226 pages ;,20 cm

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Fast paced crime novel set in Nigeria. Dark humor abounds in this murder mystery featuring two very different sisters.

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Rita_Maria
Sep 25, 2020

I found this book fast-paced, humorous and emotionally charged. I found the structure of this book refreshing and it was an all-round great escape.

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SIRENREAD
Sep 23, 2020

In pandemic times reading is hard when your focus is consumed by stress, but it's one of the few safe things to do. Although "My Sister, the Serial Killer" lacked depth of plot and characters, it succeeds in being a fast past, stylish crime/medical suspense/mystery. The symbolism is very on the nose, and can be deciphered at ease. I probably would have a hard time selling this to my fellow readers, but it's structure is a relief from all the stuffy academic and serious literature.

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33Tor75
Sep 13, 2020

Couldn’t finish

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RueK
Jul 10, 2020

Mostly fluff. Lacked depth in the characters. Predictable in story. Quick read though, if you want something light to pound out.

WPL_Najeeba Jun 08, 2020

This was a quick read, pretty high-paced and entertaining. The author did a great job of portraying the balance between sibling rivalry with a need to protect one's siblings - either because of a feeling of responsibility or sheer love for them. The best part of the book is the moral predicament that the main character Korede finds herself in after discovering that Ayoola has murdered again. The end was a little bit abrupt for me.

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FloraWest
Jun 05, 2020

Quick, dark, witty. Good summer read if you enjoy this genre.

CALS_Lee Apr 29, 2020

Raised by an abusive father, the younger and irresponsible sister finds herself incapable of having a relationship without murdering the man, and her duty bound elder sister feels resigned to helping clean up the mess, most literally. Somewhere between drama and black comedy, it’s a quick and fun read with a couple of memorable and well done characters.

JCLJENNYT Mar 20, 2020

This book flew by, Braithwaite's writing style is super engaging and its easy to connect with Korede and even to some degree empathize with said serial killer sister Ayoola. Ayoola has somewhat of a manic pixie dream girl vibe to her which mixed with serial killer made me think of Villanelle from "Killing Eve".
What I really liked about this book was the comment on how these men just want Ayoola for her pretty face and it doesn't really matter about what's going on with her internally. Even Tade the character framed by Korede as being the ideal guy falls into the same trope.
Another question the book brings up is who is more at fault, Ayoola the girl committing the murders but clearly isn't right in the head or Korede who knowing it's wrong covers up her sister's mistakes time and time again. As someone with a sister its easy for me to understand the unconditional love that comes with that bond but I don't know if I could go along with her killing people. Braithwaite does a great job with subverting the serial killer thriller genre.
Now what I didn't like was this book I know was short but at the same time it didn't seem like it fully came to a head. The climax fell flat for me. I wish that we got more of what was going on with their father because that part of the narrative didn't feel fully developed.
Overall I would recommend this book because I think that it was a pretty decent story and the characters were interesting and well written and it is a quick read.
Really awesome to see more Nigerian writers entering the main stream.

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BioCook
Mar 13, 2020

Quick, engrossing read about a twisted relationship between sisters. It was a fun book for a day in!

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The bonds of sisterhood are strained in this darkly humorous crime novel. Korede is the complete opposite of her younger sister Ayoola. Ayoola is beautiful, charismatic and charming where Korede is plain and methodical. Korede is a nurse, a key factor is what Ayoola uses her for - cleaning up after she murders the men she is dating. Korede knows Ayoola is out of control, but quietly aids her sister until Ayoola sets her sights on the man Korede is secretly in love with.

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Sep 23, 2020

Korede was just settling in for the night when she get's a call from her sister; dinner was coming out of the oven, the movie was paused, the night was set. A call from Ayoola means her dinner will get cold, the movie will be removed, bleach and gloves will need to be packed, and a plan to dispose of the body will need to be thought of quick.

Korede, next the her sister, homely and tedious. Ayoola, since birth, attractiveness and "Innocent." Korede and Ayoola are eachother's best friends; the serial killer and the protector. Ayoola kills without remorse, and Korede cleans away the proof and sins.

When Ayoola attracts Korede's crush, Korede begins to question her role as protector, and debates whether or not to let her sister go to jail.

How long can Korede keep up these charades when the police are getting suspicious of all the missing men Ayoola is involved with?

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I would be more at ease if the Joker were to smile at me.

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